Happy Birthday to “Texican” Eva Longoria

March 15, 1975 is the birthday of Eva Longoria, a “Texican” American actress known for her gorgeous looks and her commitment to charities and organizations supporting Latinos.  Eva’s ancestors arrived in Texas long before it was Texas, emigrating from Spain in 1603.   In 1767 the King of Spain granted almost 4,000 acres along the Rio Grande to Pedro Longoria, Eva’s 7th great-grandfather.  This land remained in Longoria’s family for over a century.  Longoria also has Native American ancestors.  The American Latino Media Arts awards have honored Longoria on several times, and in 2006 she was selected as ALMA’s “person of the year.”  In one of her latest projects, Eva stars in the very illuminating and progressive ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold‘, as the mom of the lovable, live action Latina, Dora the Explorer.

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